Qualification for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2024 has already begun, with Denmark and Italy claiming victories in their respective Sub-Regional competitions.
The winner of the third Sub-Regional Qualifier in Finland, which featured ten teams from across the region, will join the pair at the European Qualifier next year.
Denmark comes back from an early tournament defeat to win in Belgium
Belgium shocked Denmark with an upset 12-run win in the first Sub-Regional Qualifier, but Freddie Klokker’s men found their feet in the knockout stages, brushing aside Spain before a thumping final win over Portugal.
Nicolaj Laegsgaard, a star Danish all-rounder, was an ever-present throughout the tournament, leading both the runs and wickets tally, adding nine wickets to an impressive 189-run campaign (SR 177, Average 37.80).
Laegsgaard fell first ball in Denmark’s chase, leaving the door open for Portugal, only for Taranjit Bharaj (58* from 43 balls) and Hamid Shah (44* from 37 balls) to close it.
Following a semi-final loss to Portugal, Belgium defeated Spain in a final-ball thriller to finish third.
Malta defeated Gibraltar to finish fifth, while Israel defeated Hungary by a score of 12-runs to finish seventh.
Denmark has won the Sub-Regional Championship
Italy has won everything in Finland
Gareth Berg’s side cruised through their Sub-Regional campaign, going undefeated and comprehensive in their final victory over Isle of Man.
Harry Manenti had a successful debut in national colours, taking the wickets of the top three batsmen in the final, finishing with 3/14 (4) and restricting Matthew Ansell’s side to 101/8. Marcus Campopiano’s 35* (21) ensured there would be no Manx comeback, as the Italians passed the 102 target in the 11th over.
Finland finished third after defeating Cyprus, and Sweden finished fifth after defeating Romania. Croatia finished seventh after a three-wicket win over Serbia, with Turkey and Greece the only teams to go winless in the tournament.
Who will finish third in the Sub-Regionals?
Ten teams compete in Finland for the final spot in the regional Qualifier, which begins on July 24, with Guernsey as the favorite in Kerava.
Josh Butler’s team will compete against Austria, Bulgaria, Luxembourg, and Slovenia, while the other group includes the Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Norway, and Switzerland.
On the other side of the draw, the Norwegians could be considered favorites, but they will face stiff competition, particularly from the Czechs and the Swiss, who will be re-entering qualifying after being reinstated as an ICC Member last year.
Meanwhile, France will earn their first T20I ranking by playing the required number of matches during the tournament. Estonia is tied for 73rd in the rankings, but has yet to earn its first ranking point.
The top two finishers from each group will compete in the final, with the winner advancing to next year’s continental qualifier.
Who will compete in the Europe Qualifier next year?
The winners of the Sub-Regional tournaments will advance to the European Finals next year, with two spots reserved for the 2024 tournament in the United States and the West Indies.
Denmark, Italy, and the winner of the third Sub-Regional tournament will join Jersey, Germany, and the European teams that did not qualify for 2024 through the 2022 tournament: Ireland, the Netherlands, and Scotland.
What will the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2024 format be?
The ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2024 has been expanded to 20 teams, with qualification shifting from global qualifiers to five-region qualifiers.
The top two teams from the European Regional Final series, as well as qualifiers from East-Asia Pacific, Africa, Asia, and the Americas, will earn a place in the 2024 tournament, along with 12 automatically-qualifying teams made up of:
- In 2024, the United States and the West Indies will be the hosts.
- the top eight teams at the Men’s T20 World Cup later this year in Australia
- the following teams in the MRF Tyres ICC Men’s T20I Team Rankings as of November 14, 2022
Men’s T20 World Cup 2024 Qualifiers in Europe
Matches in Sub-Regional Qualifiers B: Austria vs. Luxembourg on July 24; Norway vs. Estonia on July 24.
Guernsey vs. Bulgaria: July 24 France vs. Czech Republic: July 24 Czech Republic vs. Norway: July 25 Slovenia vs. Austria: July 25 Switzerland vs. France: July 25 Luxembourg vs. Guernsey: July 25
Guernsey vs. Austria: July 27 Estonia vs. Switzerland: July 27
Bulgaria vs. Slovenia: July 27 Norway vs. France: July 27
Switzerland vs. Norway: July 28
Bulgaria vs. Luxembourg: July 28 Estonia vs. Czech Republic: July 28
Slovenia vs. Guernsey: July 28
Austria vs. Bulgaria: July 30
Czech Republic vs. Switzerland: July 30 Luxembourg vs. Slovenia: July 30
France vs. Estonia: July 30
7/8 Playoff – TBD vs TBD: July 31
5/6 Playoff – TBD vs TBD: July 31
3/4 Playoff – TBD vs TBD: July 31
The Final – TBD vs. TBD: July 31
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